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Ashley just misses lineup;
But he will be racing on Sunday anyway, thanks to his versatility and love of Pro Mod racing. Ashley, who began the weekend with an entry in each category, won his opening Pro Mod race Saturday soon after his last Funny Car run of 4.916 seconds. He needed to run better than 4.904 seconds to grab 16th place.
Melanie Troxel, driver of the Gotham City Racing ProCare Rx Dodge Charger R/T, held onto 11th place and meets Tony Pedregon in the first round.
“Both cars ran good today,” said Ashley. “We just missed getting in by just a little bit, but I think (crew chief) Aaron Brooks and the Lend America/ProCare Rx/Gotham City Dodge Charger R/T crew have a good handle on the car.
“I am really excited about winning the first round in Pro Mod. Right now, I’ m focusing on winning the second round tomorrow. We’ll get the Funny Car ready for
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